Ratko Mladic sentenced to life in prison for genocide

Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life in prison, for genocide and war crimes during the Balkan conflict more than two decades ago. The presiding judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday found that the 74-year-old general “significantly contributed” to[…]

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UN: ISIL committing genocide against Yazidis

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) are committing genocide against the Yazidi community in Iraq and Syria, UN human rights investigators say. More than 3,200 Yazidi women and children are held mostly in Syria by the fighters who keep them as[…]

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Refugee crisis: When is a tragedy a massacre?

OPINION by Richard Seymour The recent drowning of 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea was not only preventable, but arguably caused by policy. A policy known colloquially as “Fortress Europe”, designed to make the journey to Europe as difficult as possible for asylum seekers. The European Union’s two-faced[…]

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Armenians mark centenary of mass killing

Armenians are marking the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people allegedly by Ottoman forces, with world leaders holding a minute’s silence in the capital, Yerevan. Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and First Lady Rita Sarkisian laid a wreath at a hilltop memorial at the start[…]

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The Armenian Genocide controversy explained

Late on April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities in Constantinople — now the Turkish city of Istanbul — rounded up more than 200 local members of the Armenian ethnic minority, many of them community leaders. Most were later killed. On Friday, that day will be marked by Armenians worldwide as the[…]

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Armenians in Pal mark 100 years since Genocide

The Armenian community of the Holy Land this week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a series of massacres and pogroms against the community in their ancestral homeland in Eastern Anatolia. Large numbers of the community’s approximately 5,000 members in Palestine are expected to take part in commemorations[…]

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